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Supreme Court justices in Brazil voted on April 12 to legalize the abortion of fetuses with out brains or those with malformed brains. • About 75 Occupy San Francisco activists were arrested on April 2 when police officers removed them from a building owned by the Archdiocese of San Francisco. • Governor Dannel Malloy of Connecticut has pledged to sign a bill approved by the state legislature in April that will make Connecticut the 17th state to abolish the death penalty. • On March 30 Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., rescinded its invitation to Victoria Kennedy, widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, to speak during spring commencement ceremonies after Bishop Robert J. McManus of Worchester said he found her an “objectionable” choice. • Members of the Sisters of the Presentation in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on April 11 celebrated as “a sign of resurrection” the reopening of a girls’ school that had been destroyed by the Taliban in 2008. • During Holy Thursday Mass, Pope Benedict XVI criticized dissent from church teachings and disobedience of God’s will as illegitimate pathways toward reform and renewal and cautioned against calls for women’s ordination.• Anglican parishes in Philadelphia and Indianapolis were received into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church in early April, and two Anglican bishops in Canada were slated to lead their clergy and congregants into the church later in the month.

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Pope Francis listens to a question from Vera Shcherbakova of the Itar-Tass news agency while talking with journalists aboard his flight from Cairo to Rome April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The situation in North Korea, he added, has been heated for a long time, "but now it seems it has heated up too much, no?"
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets children dressed as pharaohs and in traditional dress as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Francis took the risk, trusting in God. His decision transmitted a message of hope on the political front to all Egyptians, Christians and Muslims alike, who are well aware that their country is today a target for ISIS terrorists and is engaged in a battle against terrorism.
Gerard O'ConnellApril 29, 2017
Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives to celebrate Mass at the Air Defense Stadium in Cairo April 29. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
The only kind of fanaticism that is acceptable to God is being fanatical about loving and helping others, Pope Francis said on his final day in Egypt.
U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists in the Oval Office at the White House on March 24 after the American Health Care Act was pulled before a vote. (CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters)
Predictably Mr. Trump has also clashed with the Catholic Church and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on many of the policies he has promoted during his first 100 days.
Kevin ClarkeApril 28, 2017